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Paula Ford
09-14-2008, 10:47 PM
Hi Everybody!
Well, I can’t wait for autumn! How about you?
This is today’s painting. I took photos along the way so I thought you may enjoy a quick demo. It is 18" x 24" on Ampersand Pastelbord.

1. As Deborah Secor does, I toned my board with an orangey peach color. Just a bunch of horizontal strokes.

2. I used a wide foam brush and scrubbed it in really well to cover the whole board.

3. Preliminary sketch with vine charcoal.

4. Sky – a combination of lavender, bright peach, a muted orangey peach, a soft yellow, and a darker peach.

5. Sky and pastels close-up.

6. Farthest mountain is done in the same colors as the sky, and the 2nd mountain range is done with the same colors, but a deep burgundy is added to make it darker then the farthest mountain. I also used a color shaper to give it a bit of texture.

7. Sorry about this photo! I added a 3rd mountain range and started defining the trees with a very dark green and some deep burnt oranges and dark browns. Also added some lighter colored ground around the trees.

8. More defining the trees and oranges and a bit more land color.

9. Started laying in the follow of the closer fields with a burnt yellows.

10. Before I put the oranges in the trees on the right, I used water and scrubbed in the dark green that was already there. I didn’t want to add more pastel because it would have filled up the tooth of the board before the oranges went in.

11. More ground color, more defining of trees… sorry, but at this point I was so “in the groove” I forgot to take more photos until it was done…

12. The final painting (forgot to sign it). For the trees on the right, I used the vine charcoal to feather the edged of the upper trees and also used the lavender and peach to feather the edges also.
It looks a bit darker on the screne and it has a lot more detail than what you can actually see.

If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope you enjoyed the journey!!










Paula Ford
09-14-2008, 10:49 PM




09-14-2008, 11:11 PM
wow nice, thanks for sharing the process, very helpful and a great painting :)

09-14-2008, 11:30 PM
This is gorgeous, thanks for taking the time to show this to us. Your trees are stunning!!! Love the perspective and it was great to see your step by step progress.

09-14-2008, 11:31 PM
WOW!!! Gorgeous colours in a stunning painting of my favorite season!


09-14-2008, 11:47 PM
Beautiful painting and great demo Paula. Thank you for all the photos and instructions. Nice grass.:D


David Patterson
09-15-2008, 12:25 AM
Lovely painting Paula...great demo...thanks!

Paula Ford
09-15-2008, 05:59 AM
Thanks you guys! Here is an update and some closeups.




Paula Ford
09-15-2008, 08:33 AM
By the way, C&C always welcome!!

09-15-2008, 08:34 AM
Thank you, Paula! Love to see your steps, and as usual, the colours you use are soooo beautiful! I love warm colours, and your paintings are suffused with warmth and light and love of beauty.

09-15-2008, 08:41 AM
Beautiful painting, wonderful demo!


09-15-2008, 08:54 AM
Wonderful Demo, and beautiful painting Paula. Thankyou so much. :clap: :clap:

Val. :wave:

09-15-2008, 09:03 AM
Gorgeous painting, Paula....and a wonderful demo. Thanks for taking the time to do it...it is good to go through and see how someone else approaches a painting.
The colors and light in this are beautiful!


09-15-2008, 09:44 AM
beautiful demo, Paula, and thank you so much for the step-by-step process. Very helpful, indeed. I've marked this as a 'favorite' for reference later.

Deborah Secor
09-15-2008, 09:49 AM
Excellent, Paula! :thumbsup:


09-15-2008, 10:37 AM
I really enjoyed the demo. Well done ! Now, why can't I do that ? Maybe it's like my golf game ? Lack of talent. :)

Paula Ford
09-15-2008, 12:22 PM
Thanks very much everybody!!

09-15-2008, 12:37 PM
Excellent color ..love the fall tones in the trees. You achieve a wonderful sense of depth in this.

The demo is really helpful to see how you attack the subject... what type of pastel did you use in this?

Paula Ford
09-15-2008, 12:39 PM
Hi Ken, Thank you! I use mostly Mount Visions. They are my favorites.

09-15-2008, 12:56 PM
Beautiful fall colors in this. Thanks for making it a demo. I love seeing how it all goes together.

09-15-2008, 12:57 PM
Thank you, Paula, for taking the time to do this, and for your dedication and commitment to WC! We learn so much from you. This painting is beautiful, and the process makes so much more sense when we see the steps you took to make this landscape come alive. Thanks again!

Lisa Fiore
09-15-2008, 01:12 PM
Absolutely beautiful...:) I keep going back to pics #8-#10, wishing, wishing, wishing I could figure out how to go from "charcoal-y" trees to
vibrant, colorful, gorgeous trees like you manage so naturally. (Even with a WIP I can't seem to wrap my brain around it, but that's just me!!:o ) Thank you so, so much for sharing this. Fall was always my favorite time of year, and I really enjoy seeing these fall paintings, because that season just doesn't exist where I am now!:crying: Your painting is truly beautiful!!:clap: :clap: :clap:

09-15-2008, 02:08 PM
Thank you so much Paula! This is wonderfull! It's lovely to see how you work, it's very inspiring :D Thank you thank you thank you! :)

09-15-2008, 04:11 PM
A question pertaining to the sky only: I see areas that for now I'll call "peach." These are the areas that in the initial photos show only the color you stained the paper with.
It appears that you left those areas showing on the lightest part of the initial stain in the finished painting. Is that correct, or did you go over those with yet another color?

Paula Ford
09-15-2008, 04:31 PM
Phil, I used the same color and also a much lighter Schmincke over it in spots.

Normally I start at the very top and do the sky from top to bottom and then back up to the top again. It may take a few tries, going up and then down and up again... to get all the sharp edges out and to make sure there are no dividing lines between colors.

Thanks everybody!!

09-15-2008, 05:03 PM
Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the process, so helpful!

09-15-2008, 05:03 PM
terrific demo and wonderful painting.

I love the colours and thanks so much for taking a photo with the colours you used. Very helpful.

Thanks for taking the time to show your work in progress.

09-15-2008, 05:26 PM
It's a beauty!!

09-15-2008, 08:12 PM
Beautiful demo Paula...thanks...I printed it out!

09-15-2008, 10:26 PM
Absolutely wonderful! The colors are so lucious. Thank you for sharing this great demo.


Kathryn Wilson
09-15-2008, 10:39 PM
Very good demo Paula - I liked how you laid out the pastels so we could see your color choices for the sky.

Is that a yellow handle on the color shaper? Or is that a new tool you've been keeping secret ... lol

09-16-2008, 07:29 AM
Wonderul Deborah,
and many thanks for your steps.

Paula Ford
09-16-2008, 08:59 AM
Thanks so much everybody!!

Kathryn, :lol: ...that is a color shaper from Dick Blick. I purchased the children's set. They were the same thing except for the bright colored handles and a much cheaper price.

Here is a link to them.

Donna T
09-16-2008, 09:06 AM
This is gorgeous, Paula! I am going to look at your steps over and over again. Thanks so much!


Karen Margulis
09-16-2008, 03:00 PM
Beautiful job Paula! As always your trees are to die for. I appreciate seeing your steps and watching the painting come to life!
Thank you!

Adriana Meiss
09-16-2008, 03:06 PM
The Fall Queen has struck again!:lol:
Paula, This is just magnificent! Wow!
I'm drooling...

09-16-2008, 04:01 PM
Very nice, Paula!


09-16-2008, 04:31 PM

Paula Ford
09-16-2008, 04:38 PM
Thank you!!!

Adri...:lol: Yup! It's that time of year again!
By the way, all my reservations are made and I'll be there on October 3rd. Will pm you with details...

Rose Baggs
09-16-2008, 05:23 PM
Great Demo...awesome painting Paula!!! Thanks for sharing your technique with us!!!

09-16-2008, 05:57 PM
Beautiful! Thanks for the demo.


Paula Ford
09-16-2008, 08:45 PM
I'm so glad you all enjoyed this quick demo. Here is the final painting. Finished it tonight. If there is anything you can see that needs to be fixed please let me know. It will be framed on Thursday.

I knocked the the middle mountains back in the distance more, added sky holes to the tallest trees, opened up the ground around the bottom of the main trees, added a few darks in the field and re-established the lines in the cornrows...

Still having a hard time getting my camera to get the correct colors. Had to take some of the contrast out with Gimp because the whole painting was showing really bright and when I darkened it, there was too much contrast :evil:

:wave: Paula


09-17-2008, 01:24 PM
Wonderful Paula and so enlightening as to technique. Thanks for the demo.

Paula Ford
09-17-2008, 06:55 PM
Thanks Barry!

I have a new camera and must say I Hate It :evil: I'm sending it back! It doesn't get the colors anywhere near what my paintings actually are.

Took this picture with my old camera :heart: Though, it sometimes doesn't do all that well too.


09-17-2008, 07:51 PM
Oh my goodness, this is so beautiful. I love the demo step by step! Thank you so much!

09-17-2008, 09:31 PM
Paula - This is so wonderful and what a difference in the camera! I, too, am not fond of my camera, but it is past the warranty stage. And, what a good money saver, buying the children's set of color shapers. I paid full price for my set of "adult" shapers.:lol:

09-18-2008, 01:13 AM
Wow how did i miss this, thank you for showing us all how you did the painting start to finish very nice Paula

09-18-2008, 05:41 PM
amazing! Thanks for the demo!

09-18-2008, 06:03 PM
Paula, thanks so much for taking the time to do a step by step for us. You paint the most beautiful trees ever. Your painting sure makes me want to head east for the fall colors. We sure don't get pretty fall colors like that around here. I've got to say that my favorite part of this painting is the trees that are closest to us. I really like the contrast between the green and the warm colors of fall.
PS - before you send the camera back, have you tried checking the white balance settings to see if they are set properly? That can make a huge difference.

Paula Ford
09-18-2008, 09:36 PM
Thanks Scotty, Joni, Kym! Kym, no I haven't tried that, but will. Thanks for the tip!

09-19-2008, 12:34 AM
:clap: Thankyou for a wonderful journey into how a beautiful painting is done! Such beautiful depth, and rich colors and wonderful tress. Thanks for sharing, and in such a perfect way to help us see your process. You are very generous!

Merethe T
09-19-2008, 07:36 AM
The Queen of trees&autumn has struck again!! It is absolutely beautiful Paula, I'm so jealous! :crying: You're making it look so easy, and still it's so difficult to do....I love the colors you use, thanks for putting them in the photos! I'm gonna rate this thread, put it in my favorites and go back and study!
Thank you! :heart:


Paula Ford
09-19-2008, 10:57 AM
Thank you so much IMaybe and Merethe!!

09-19-2008, 12:11 PM

Thanks so much for putting up this demo! Love the painting! I'm currently struggling through my first real landscape so this demo has offered me a lot of help!

Thanks again,


09-20-2008, 12:22 AM
Paula - Thank you so much for taking the time to put this demo together and share it - both the demo and the picture are a treasure!

12-14-2008, 12:46 AM



I missed this first time around. It's just beautiful and to have your process laid out and so lucidly descrbed? Priceless!

Thanks so much, Paula, for all the effort.

Dave in East River, SD

12-14-2008, 04:21 PM
Yahoo!!! What a tutorial! thanks Paula.


Paula Ford
12-14-2008, 05:21 PM
Thanks very much you guys!!

Barb! Where you been girl?!?!

12-14-2008, 11:13 PM
I missed this--glad it popped up again!! Gorgeous piece, Paula, loose and warm and such a great sense of distance and poignant color. I loved watching it take shape. Look at this one again, then take those eyes back to your snow paintings!

Winny Kerr
12-15-2008, 10:06 PM
I sure saved this thread, what a wonderful demo Paula. Thank you. Winny